For the last decade the right has chipped away at abortion access by making it more expensive, closing clinics, increasing waiting periods and decreasing gestational limits. But for 2019 Arizona abortion opponents are literally enacting a “death by a thousand paper cuts” agenda against legal abortion through their new paperwork and reporting requirements for doctors performing abortions. None of them are medically necessary, not a single question will provide any benefit to public health, and each one will dramatically raise the amount of resources a clinic uses per patient.
Camelback Family Planning offers the Abortion Pill up to 10.6 weeks from first day of last menstrual period.
What is RU486 (Abortion Pill) medical abortion with Mifeprex?
Mifeprex is a non-invasive, non-surgical option for ending an early pregnancy. It can be safely taken up to 77 days after the first day of the last menstrual period and is 95-98% effective.
Two medications are used in order to end the pregnancy.
Mifeprex, commonly referred to as RU486, is FDA approved and works by blocking the hormone progesterone, which is needed to maintain a very early pregnancy. Mifeprex has been available to American women since November 2000 after the FDA approved it. It has been successfully used in dozens of countries by millions of women all over the world for over 30 years. Many women report the medical abortion (Abortion Pill) as being “private” and “more like a miscarriage”.
Misoprostol is a prostaglandin-like medication which has been FDA approved for several years. The drug has been used in obstetrics to induce labor and to treat stomach ulcers. The most commonly reported side effects are nausea, vomiting, chills, fever and diarrhea of brief duration. No other side effects or adverse reactions have been reported at the dosage used in this method of pregnancy termination. Misoprostol will help the uterus to expel the pregnancy.
How does it work?
At the State required visit, you will be fully informed of the risks and benefits of the non-surgical method of pregnancy termination. We will review your medical history and perform a gynecological examination with a sonogram to determine the exact duration of your pregnancy. Our staff will discuss your choice of non-surgical abortion, and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions. A small blood sample will be drawn to test for the Rh factor and hemoglobin.
At least 24 hours later (per AZ state law), Mifeprex will be taken orally at your scheduled appointment in the office. It is followed by the Misoprostol tablets at home 24 to 48 hours later. You will be given a prescription for Norco to take for cramping as needed. A medicine for nausea can be given to you in the office or to take home. You will receive a Rhogam injection if you’re Rh negative.
Most women will completely expel the uterine contents within 6 hours after the Misoprostol. You will experience vaginal bleeding similar to a heavy menstrual period and cramps that may be intense.
How do I know if it has worked?
One week later at your third visit to the office, you will be evaluated to determine the completeness of the abortion with a repeat ultrasound. This appointment is included in the price you pay the day you take the first dose of medication and is a required visit. Contraception will be discussed and prescribed. Most women could continue to bleed lightly up to their next period. If the pregnancy tissue has not passed, you might need a D&C or to repeat the Misoprostol. This is considered continued care and does not result in an additional cost to you.
- Go to www.earlyoptionpill.com for more information.
- To read more about the medical abortion and see a more detailed comparison of the pros and cons of both methods, visit http://prochoice.org/education-and-advocacy/about-abortion/abortion-facts/.
After meeting with the doctor, you can schedule your appointment for the abortion.
Feel free to call our office at any time if you have any questions regarding your care. You will have an opportunity to ask Dr. Goodrick and the staff any additional questions on the day of your appointment.